I am sure you know what pollination is and what some of the insects are that help with this, but do we know how to attract pollinators to our gardens?
Most insect pollinators feed on nectar and pollen. One of the obvious ways to attract them is to plant a variety of nectar producing flowers in the garden. Variety is the key and you will want to include flowers, shrubs, bushes and ...continue reading →
Have you ever walked through a forest or a grove of trees? Normally there is little light coming through because of the shade created by the branches and leaves of the trees. The above ground layer of branches and leaves forms a covering or canopy where the trees are touching, or almost touching each other. When you look up through the branches you cannot see clear patched of sky. This layer of branches and leaves that touch each other is known as ...continue reading →
These wonderful little creatures are welcome in most yards, adding life, colour and magic to the garden. They seem to magically appear and come to visit for a few days or weeks and then they disappear again. But where do butterflies live?
Butterflies are cold-blooded creatures. This means that they use the warmth of the sun to warm them up and they don’t like to move around when it is cold. For this reason you will find butterflies in areas where it is warm in summer, or all year round. They don’t like cold areas and will not be found in places close to the poles, like the Antarctic or the Arctic regions. ...continue reading →
This is not a question that I ever remember thinking about. A caterpillar in my life was just a caterpillar. I never thought it needed to be put in a group of any kind except its own. I want to share a little story with you that will explain why I had to answer this question.
At school my son’s class was studying insects. He came home and told me he had to catch live insects and take them to school in a jar. Not long after this I walked into the garden and saw a caterpillar munching happily on some mint. I broke off the piece of mint and put the caterpillar and the mint in a jar and presented it to him. He studied it carefully and then came the question: “Is a caterpillar an insect? It doesn’t have 6 legs.” ...continue reading →
If you have made your garden a home for birds, you will be blessed with having birds breeding and raising their chicks near your home. Birds are very good at hiding away from predators, so it can be quite difficult to see their nests and be able to watch them as the chicks grow up. It is a little bit easier if you know when to watch them. ...continue reading →
In many areas of the world winter is a difficult time for birds. It is freezing cold and there is little natural food around for them, especially in areas covered by snow. You might think that this all changes in spring, but there is still very little to eat in early spring. The birds have been scratching for whatever they can find during the winter and when spring arrives there is hardly anything left. With almost no natural food around, what do birds eat in spring? When ...continue reading →
If you like to see wild birds in your garden then it needs to be inviting to bugs. Many wild birds love feasting on bugs, but many gardens are not bug friendly at all. Converting your garden into a working ecosystem will take time, maybe a few years. The best time to start is now and you will slowly start seeing the rewards.
Your garden ecosystem could be out of balance and very unhealthy. You might be trying to fix ...continue reading →